158 recto – by Leonardo da Vinci

$5,000

Limited Edition Lithograph from The Queen’s Collection at Windsor Castle

23 x 27 in. (framed)

Description

Studies of horses in motion; studies of St George and the Dragon; at top left is a cat stalking to the right with some notes above it.
Leonardo’s interest in the movements of animals seems to have prompted this sheet of sketches. The twisting forms of the horses are emphasised by the coiling dragon in the studies of St George; in the note above Leonardo commented that ‘the serpent-like movement is the principal action in animals’.

Provenance

Bequeathed to Francesco Melzi; from whose heirs purchased by Pompeo Leoni, c.1582-90; Thomas Howard, 2nd Earl of Arundel, by 1630; Probably acquired by Charles II; Royal Collection by 1690

Additional information

Weight 8 lbs
Dimensions 28 x 32 x 5 in